The Isle of Skye, Scotland’s second largest and amongst its most beautiful islands is situated just off the west Highland coast and conveniently connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge or by ferry.
The island is renowned for its dramatic mountainous terrain, sea lochs and stunning coastline, pristine nature and rich cultural and historical heritage, providing one of the most exquisite cottage holiday breaks in Scotland.
Probably Skye’s most recognised mountain formations are the Cuillin range, with its jagged peaks providing a challenge to mountain climbers from around the world and the strange rock formations and pinnacles found in the Trotternish peninsula. Further geographic wonders can be found just outside Portree at The Old Man of Storr. This rocky hill offers great views of the surrounding area, not to mention an enjoyable walking location. If you fancy slightly more of a challenge then we’d recommend the Quiraing, a landslip made up of stunning natural landmarks.
Wildlife abounds here; see dolphins, porpoises and minke whales from the shore at Neist Point, visit the Ring of Bright Water interactive wildlife visitor centre with a live otter webcam or maybe hop on a boat trip to Loch Dunvegan seal colony.
Skye has a fascinating history and any visit would not be complete without seeing Dunvegan Castle which dates back to the 14th century and has been the fortress castle of clan Macleod for hundreds of years. Also of interest is the extensive estate on the Sleat peninsula, Clan Donald Skye, where you’ll find great walks through the beautiful estate, gardens, wildlife, wonderful views and a museum.
Situated by Loch Harport and with views of the Cuillins can be found the only distillery on the island. The Talisker distillery offers a fascinating insight into the heritage of Skye’s only single malt along with the opportunity to sample what is often regarded as one of Scotland’s finest whisky. Also of interest is The Aros Experience on the outskirts of Portree; here you can see exhibitions of film, music and wildlife.
The Isle of Skye is perfect for those after an active break, with plenty of open expanses and views to die for so if you’d like to begin planning you next trip take a look at our selection of holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye today.
Old Fire Station is situated on the edge of Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Dunvegan village enjoys panoramic views of the MacLeod’s Tables with the Cuillin mountains in the distance to the east. You may be able to spot wildlife, including seals, otters, and eagles.
Old Fire Station is ideally situated to walk to local facilities
- Dunvegan Castle and Gardens
- Petrol station
- Licensed convenience shop (open 7 days)
- Excellent greengrocer
- Local bakery
- Post Office
- Old School Restaurant (highly recommended)
- Cafés, restaurants, bistro, fish & chips
- Art & craft studios and shops
- Sporting goods shop
- Two hotels with bars & dining
- Medical centre
The Isle of Skye was voted Britain’s most desirable place to live by Rightmove in 2016, and it’s not difficult to see why. There is plenty to do, with a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. The Guardian newspaper has recommendations in their article Top 10 days out on Skye. If you can’t stay for long, you may be interested in the Telegraph’s feature 36 hours on Skye. The Guardian also has a section a holiday guide to Skye and Lochalsh which details places of interest, and the Travelling Savage website has a good summary of itinerary ideas. Please be aware that some attractions operate seasonal opening hours.
Arts & Crafts
- Edinbane Pottery are specialists in woodfired and salt glazed pottery.
- Skye Silver has been designing timeless gifts in silver and gold for the past 36 years. They design unique pieces based on our Celtic and Scottish heritage and on the natural world.
- The Croft Studio is an art studio producing original paintings, prints and cards inspired by the beauty and culture of the Isle of Skye and Celtic mythology.
- Dandelion Designs has a wonderful collection of original mixed media artwork including paintings, a wide range of traditional printmaking in limited editions, photographs, art and handmade cards, candles and jewellery.
- The Hebridean Alpaca Company specialises in providing with top quality accessories, made from beautiful alpaca fibre, together with yarn from their own herd.
- Skyeskyns manufacturers and suppliers of finest quality sheepskins, is a family business which has recently celebrated it’s 30th year.
- Skye Weavers is a small weaving and sewing business who weave a variety of woollen products on a bicycle powered loom; including scarves, blankets, throws and wraps. They also make tweed, which they sell as lengths and make up into garments, cushion covers, bags and accessories.
- The Shilasdair Shop specialises in yarns which, having been naturally dyed by Shilasdair, the Skye Yarn Company. The dyes are created using natural ingredients such as local plants like tansy, meadowsweet and heather, as well as natural dyestuffs from further afield such as indigo, logwood, madder and cochineal.
Food & Drink
- The Three Chimneys is a world-renowned Scottish restaurant situated in awe-inspiring surroundings beside the sea in the north west of Skye (booking is essential).
- Loch Bay is a highly reputable contemporary Scottish restaurant with classic French influences, offering lunch and three/five course dinners (booking is essential).
- Red Roof is a friendly cafe and live music venue specialising in home baked, fresh, seasonal, fairly traded, local and organic food. A great option for those with dietary requirements.The Old School Restaurant is a family run business in it’s 29th year. The building was the village school between 1880 and 1936. The restaurant uses local suppliers wherever possible. They always have a vegetarian option on the menu, and will cater for food allergies and preferences if given notice in advance (booking is recommended).
- Stein Inn is an eighteenth-century inn that will have you yearning to visit again and again to experience the warm Scottish welcome, fine food, and traditional highland bar offering over 99 malt whiskies.
- Jan’s Cakes is just a few minutes walk, and is a perfect place for a hot drink and a sweet treat.
- The Applecross Smokehouse is a great place to buy quality local seafood. We recommend placing your order in advance.
- The Skye Museum of Island Life is one of Skye’s best value award-winning attractions. Step back in time to an old Highland village.
- The Isle of Skye Golf Club is in Sconser, around 50min drive from Dunvegan. The Club is a serious contender for the title of the most picturesque golf club in the world.
- Golf and fishing are available at the Skeabost House Hotel.
- Day-long wildlife tours are available from Skye Wildlife. You may see golden eagles, otters, white-tailed sea eagles, basking sharks, dolphins, hen harriers, short-eared owls, peregrine falcon, merlin, grey and common seals, porpoise, great northern divers, red-throated divers, hares, great skuas and many many more, even the odd minke whale.
- Talisker Distillery, Skye’s only whisky distillery. Located in Carbost, booking is advisable for one of their tours.
- Skye Adventure organises gorge walking, coasteering, climbing, scrambling, etc.
- Horse treks can be organsised through the Isle of Skye Trekking Centre.
- From Dunvegan Castle, you can take an exhilarating 25 minute boat trip to see the seal colony and observe playful seals at close quarters.
- From Dunvegan Castle, you can charter a traditional clinker boat and enjoy a romantic cruise of Loch Dunvegan, with spectacular views of the Outer Hebrides – or try a fishing expedition where a boatmen, using their unrivalled knowledge, will try to ensure you don’t return empty handed.
- The wildlife spotting experience departing from Portree aboard the Brigadoon boat provides the opportunity to see many of Skye’s native species up close. Seals, golden eagles, otters, dolphins and porpoise are all common sights on our boat trips but the favourite sight is almost always the sea eagle.
- The Seaprobe Atlantis is Scotland’s only semi-submersible glass-bottom boat. You can see lots of wildlife, and even a shipwreck.
- The Coral Beaches at Claigan are very close to Dunvegan. The 1-2 hour walk is worth it for the spectacular scenery. The sand is made out of dried, calcified sea weed known as maerl. There are also thousands of tiny, delicate snail shells.
- Talisker Bay is a beautiful beach of stones and sand, best visited at low tide. There is both black and white sand on the beach, often mottled together to create patterns.
Walking & Climbing
- Climb Skye provides guided mountain climbs.
- The Trott Challenge is held each June. Pit your skills, strength and stamina in a challenge on the unique Trotternish Ridge, one of the finest ridge traverses in Britain. The whole ridge is a high level escarpment formed by a series of major landslips – the longest in the UK.
- Details of all the walks in the area (including less challenging ones) are available at Walk Highlands.
Old Fire Station provides award-winning, 4 star, self-catering accommodation for two. It is nestled within an established garden, in the heart of Dunvegan; overlooking the loch it faces the legendary MacLeod’s Tables. Located near the heart of the village, it is minutes’ walk to a great evening out to complete your perfect day. Old Fire Station Portree Road, Dunvegan Telephone: (01470) 521 212
Old Fire Station
Isle of Skye, IV55 8GT
Old Fire Station provides award-winning, 4 star, self-catering accommodation for two.
It is nestled within an established garden, in the heart of Dunvegan; overlooking the loch it faces the legendary MacLeod’s Tables.
Located near the heart of the village, it is minutes’ walk to a great evening out to complete your perfect day.
Old Fire Station
Portree Road, Dunvegan
Telephone: (01470) 521 212